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Breast screening can help detect cancer so it can be treated as soon as possible. The sooner cancer is treated, the more effective treatment will be. In the UK, women aged 50 to 70 will be offered breast screening. It’s also important to know how your breasts feel normally, what to check for and what to do if you’re concerned about a family history of breast cancer.
Breasts are made of fat, supportive (connective tissue) and glandular tissue that contains lobes (milk glands).
Knowing what your breasts normally feel and look like can help you to notice any changes early.
Breast screening can find breast cancers that are too small to see or feel.
If you are under 50 and have a family history of breast cancer, you may be screened for breast cancer.
Breast screening involves being invited for a mammogram every three years.
You should receive the results in writing about two weeks after your screening appointment.
After your breast screening, you may asked to visit a breast assessment clinic for more tests.
You will be given the results of your tests by a doctor at the assessment clinic.
You may have lots of questions about breast screening.
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